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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Princess Fairy Tale Maker – by Duck Duck Moose is an app that lets kids color and create their own fairy tales. In the main activity, kids choose a scene or use their own photos, then choose from a variety of characters (such as princesses and ballerinas) and stickers (such as flowers and food). They can also draw or write on the scene, choosing from various colors of pencils and crayons. Once the scene is created, kids can record their own voice or noises while moving around the characters and stickers, resulting in a story with action and sound. Princess Fairy Take Maker also includes a mode where kids can use ready-made templates and fill them in with color -- and even make it sparkle.
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What's it about?
In Princess Fairy Tale Maker, kids can choose from 32 background scenes, almost 200 different stickers, and many colors to create stories. The orientation and size of the stickers can be easily edited. When ready to record the action and soundtrack, kids simply hit the record button. During the recording, kids can move the stickers around to illustrate plot points, but they can no longer draw or alter the stickers. Kids can also color ready-made templates, and save all their creations.
Is it any good?
Princess Fairy Tale Maker – by Duck Duck Moose is a great app to encourage kids to get creative. There's not much in terms of instruction, feedback, or prompts about storytelling. Instead, Princess Fairy Tale Maker lets kids explore and just have fun with it. Kids can create some interesting art with atypical fairy tale settings, such as putting a princess in a photo of their own home or on the moon.
The illustrations are charming, and the characters are racially diverse. Though there are lots of choices, the types of characters are a little "girly" with fairies, princesses, ballerinas, and hula girls; it's a princess app, so that's expected. But the process of making your own animated tale is fun for all.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Arts: drawing
Language & Reading: storytelling
- Skills: Tech Skills: digital creation, using and applying technology
Creativity: imagination, making new creations
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: June 5, 2012
- Category: Kids' Games
- Topics: Princesses, Fairies, Mermaids, and More
- Size: 49.70 MB
- Publisher: Duck Duck Moose
- Version: 1.0.1
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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